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The War On Preppers: Obama Bans Ammo For The Most Popular Rifle In America

[Ed. Note: This headline is a bit misleading – posting an interview with Mark S Mann later today to clarify this issue.]

by Michael Snyder, The Economic Collapse Blog:

Because he can’t get Congress to approve the things that he wants to do, Barack Obama has apparently decided to rule by decree for the rest of his time in the White House.  One of Obama’s latest moves is to try to ban some of the most popular ammunition for the most popular rifle in America.  Previously, the Obama administration attempted unsuccessfully to ban the AR-15.  That didn’t work, so now Obama is going after the ammunition.  This is yet another example of the war on preppers that is going on all over the nation.  Whether you are a gun owner or not, this assault on our constitutional rights should disturb you greatly.  Barack Obama has promised to try to squeeze as much “change” as possible out of his last two years, and in the process he is “fundamentally transforming” America.  But what will our country look like when he is done?

At the top of the Drudge Report today, there was a story from the Washington Examiner detailing this ammo ban…

As promised, President Obama is using executive actions to impose gun control on the nation, targeting the top-selling rifle in the country, the AR-15 style semi-automatic, with a ban on one of the most-used AR bullets by sportsmen and target shooters.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives this month revealed that it is proposing to put the ban on 5.56mm ammo on a fast track, immediately driving up the price of the bullets and prompting retailers, including the huge outdoors company Cabela’s, to urge sportsmen to urge Congress to stop the president.

And here is more on this ammo ban from the NRA

As NRA has been reporting since the night the news broke, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) is moving to infringe upon the rights of law-abiding gun owners with a drastic reinterpretation of a nearly 30-year-old law regulating so-called “armor piercing” ammunition. So draconian is BATFE’s new “Framework” that it would prohibit the manufacturing, importation, and sale of M855 ball ammunition, one of the most popular cartridges for the most popular rifle in America, the AR-15. Not coincidentally, the AR-15 is among the firearms the Obama Administration has unsuccessfully sought to outlaw. If they can’t ban the pie, so the thinking apparently goes, they might at least get the apples.

In an effort to thwart BATFE’s attempted action, NRA has worked with U.S. Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, to draft a letter to BATFE expressing the lawmakers’ opposition to the proposed Framework. To read a copy of the letter, please click this link.

According to the letter, “The idea that Congress intended [the ‘armor piercing’ ammunition law] to ban one of the preeminent rifle cartridges in use by Americans for legitimate purposes is preposterous.” It goes on to state that the law “should be construed in accordance with the American tradition of lawful firearms ownership, as protected by the Second Amendment.” This includes due consideration of “the many legitimate uses Americans make of their firearms including target practice, hunting, organized and casual competition, training and skills development, and instructional activities.“ The letter concludes with several pointed questions for B. Todd Jones, BATFE’s director, including why the agency bypassed the Administrative Procedures Act in proposing such a radical change to its prior interpretation and enforcement of the law.

The crazy thing about all of this is the fact that this ammunition has never met the legal definition of being “armor piercing”.  So what the Obama administration is attempting to do is outside the law.

A recent Infowars article broke this down…

The ATF is trying to ban M855 AR-15 ammunition by declaring it “armor piercing,” despite the ammo containing lead which exempts it from the classification according to law.

To be considered “armor piercing” under 18 U.S.C. 921 (a)(17)(B), a bullet must have an entirely metal core or have a jacket weighting more than 25% of its weight, which wouldn’t include M855 rounds because their bullets are partly lead.

The definition in full:


(A) The term “ammunition” means ammunition or cartridge cases, primers, bullets, or propellent powder designed for use in any firearm.

(B) The term “armor piercing ammunition” means- (i) a projectile or projectile core which may be used in a handgun and which is constructed entirely (excluding the presence of traces of other substances) from one or a combination of tungsten alloys, steel, iron, brass, bronze, beryllium copper, or depleted uranium; or (ii) a full jacketed projectile larger than .22 caliber designed and intended for use in a handgun and whose jacket has a weight of more than 25 percent of the total weight of the projectile.

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17 comments to The War On Preppers: Obama Bans Ammo For The Most Popular Rifle In America

  • Mike

    The news hit social media about 1:45pm around here yesterday, there were more than 150K rounds sold within the next 2 hours.

  • willy

    I wish these doom articles would clarify. 223/556 ammo is not being banned. M855 military ammo is and that price has gone up, though it has been hard to find for years. The retail 223/556 (M193) ammo is in no short supply. I purchased 1000 rounds yesterday for $340 which is cheaper than I paid for 1000 rounds years ago.

  • With all this attention to an UNELECTED body to ammo, has anyone at SGT Report taken a look at the ban on civilian body armor introduced by Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA)see HR 378 ( Why hasn’t there been a national uprising for THAT???

    Keep in mind that Mike Honda is a Congressman from the San Francisco Bay Area. Why is that everyone “yawns” when legislation is introduced by a member of Congress from CA? Do you know that this will affect YOU when Obama signs it (you know he will).

    Remember, as goes California, so does the nation.

    • Ed_B

      I sure hope not, Gerald, because Calif is rapidly becoming a complete s**t-hole. That puts it in some select company, such as Detroit, Illinois, NY state and NY city, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Washington DC, and any other bastions of lefto-communism. Anyone who doesn’t want to end up living in a place that looks a lot like Cuba or North Korea should absolutely reject this crap… while they still can.

  • randy0302

    Agree with willy! article could use a better title as well. Vast majority of gun owners are not “preppers”.
    Obama Clown Show continues!
    Michael Synder is B team info at best.

  • NaySayer

    Everybody should just ignore the illegal (unconstitutional) stuff coming out of these idiots. We didn’t elect them. they were pre-selected by the Council on Foreign relations/Bilderberg/Pilgrim’s Society jackasses. But if you live in some places that will get you tossed in a prison camp for the rest of your life soo……..

    Please everybody consider this your invitation to move to Missouri (southern Missouri or you may get into some of that Ferguson type mess). We have a constitutional amendment in place negating any illegal crap like this that comes out of the feebs in D.C.

    The state of Missouri is required to fight any crap like this coming out of d.c.
    Seriously, move now to a state that just ignores this stuff.

  • willy

    It is amazing to see retailer capitalizing on the incompetence of the general public. The same 1000 rounds I paid $340 yesterday is now $800! Are you kidding me, this is not even the stuff being banned. Guess I should find a buyer quick before everyone realizes the ban doesn’t even pertain to the stuff at the stores….

  • Jacobson

    U.S.A is the biggest arms dealer in the world,
    I’m sure you’ll have enough ammo to shoot each other in the collapse,
    Don’t worry.

    Good luck.

    • thegoodshepard

      I agree. The U.S.A. corporation is a front for the zionist owned crown corporation of the city of london who make sure there is plenty of weapons for the mass murder of man. Best not to finance there rain of terror by using the birth certificate name throught the slavery bonds issued from it.

  • Sam

    The ObomB-all Regime have been taking a multitude of baby steps, some leaps and some huge bounds to transform the country they hate…it is clear that the executive branch orders combined with declarations made from the various alphabet soup agencies who are unelected in of themselves have no legal right to do what they are doing according to the Constitution again, that they hate. The remedy many do not speak of is simply to throw it back in their faces with refusal to go along with the absurdities in civil disobedience etc. The old “just say no” and “hell no” should do much in collaborative unison to heel the rouge nut jobs at the helm who are WE THE PEOPLES – SERVANTS, WE THE PEOPLE ARE THE BOSSES – NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND.

    • thegoodshepard

      You seem to be confused as to what a country is and what a corporation is.Watch the video series i posted a link for above. You see Barry and his merry bandits are running a non-profit religious corporation called UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (maybe you have heard of it) and not a country. Silly sheeple time to wake up.

      • Sam

        @ thegoodshepard,

        As long as they, the PTB, continue to pretend that the USA is still a country as in taxing it as such, then we the people can pretend that it is too.

        • thegoodshepard

          Ok then happy pretending all the way to the fema camp then. Have a nice time.Did you watch the video series? You see if you keep using the legal name you are responsible for everything that your fellow pretenders do with their weapons of mass destruction as well as the rape and murder of the people that comes with it.

          • Sam

            Speak for yourself about being responsible for the PTB crimes.
            As for myself and others of like mind, one solution is to enter in kind with civil disobedience not collaboration with. As I see it, we can only use the tools we have to fight with and refusing to go along with the insanity is one of the best given the current situation as it is. On the other hand, You seem to have the attitude of hands up don’t shoot give up or something because of corp status?
            Good luck with that 🙂

            • Ed_B

              I agree with you, Sam. We will fight the good fight with the tools that we have available, the most powerful of which is THE TRUTH. This is what tyrants fear the most because they know that it can and will destroy them. Thank God we have SGT Report, Silver Doctors, and all the other great truth-based web sites out there… well, for now, anyway. Hopefully for a long time to come but these days, who knows?

              The real bright spot that I see in our future is our county sheriffs. These dedicated folks are some of the best people we have. They support the US Constitution and not the jackasses in DC and NY. They are beholden only to their county constituents; not to the governor of their state or to the president of the USA. That have taken an oath to protect and defend the Constitution and many of them take that oath very seriously – unlike the damned politicians, whose oath of office is about as sincere as a whore’s kiss… and about as satisfying as well.

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